Sweet peat, salty sea air, vanilla and powdered sugar. All that from the first sniff. Some campfire wood smoke, rubber and pears on the second go. Finally some ash and bacon. This is an incredible nose and makes you wonder why Bunnahabhain doesn’t have more smoky options in their core line-up. 23/25
Medium texture and slightly shy on arrival. Overwhelming sweetness kind of halts any development at first, it’s hard to get past it. There’s definitely peat smoke here and some light fruitiness but it’s buried deep under the vanilla and powdered sugar. It’s good and easy drinking as all heck but a disappointment after all the promises the nose made. 17/25
The finish sticks around a while, the peat and fruit are faint again but they are present. You’re left to chew on the super sweet smoke and a salt element that is closer to brine this time. Another try gives me something like cream cheese icing, not unpleasant at all, improves on the palate. 20/25
*half a teaspoon of water killed the nose for me but brought the smoke to the forefront on the palate, the finish remained pretty much the same. Overall I find it better without.
Value and presentation
At 100$ CAD, I can’t complain about the value for this limited edition, quickly disappearing NAS. It’s not a whisky that’ll captivate your attention for long periods of time but as a daily drinker or something to share with friends, it absolutely excels. The presentation is top notch. The usual 46.3% abv, un-chillfiltered and untainted by E150, it’s a good craft presentation that gives this whisky every chance to shine. Still, I will take a few points off for the lack of age statement. 23/25